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Assam: IIT-Guwahati develops low-cost disinfectant box for hospitals

The Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati has developed a low-cost UVC light-based disinfectant box for disinfecting disposable medical accessories like gloves, masks, etc. along with disinfecting the household wastes before going to the community bins. The innovation is uniquely designed to sanitize floors and prevent direct exposure to individuals.

“The UVC light-based box is uniquely designed to be used at hospitals and public spaces for disinfecting used masks, gloves etc,” said Dr. Harsh Chaturvedi, who developed the innovation.

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The UVC box has been donated to the government office in Manipur. The team is working with Propelis group, Pune, for commercial manufacturing of UVC based disinfectant system.

Speaking about the developments, Chaturvedi said, “Along with the necessary precautions to avoid direct exposure, UV based systems offer a fast and convenient low-cost disinfecting solution for efficient sanitisation of public spaces, hospitals, and household goods and disposable wastes.”

Besides, talking about the commercialization of the technology, Ashutosh Muglikar, Director of Propelis, said, “We are very satisfied with the range of UV based sanitization products developed by IIT Guwahati and are working on commercialising the technology. Since all the products are designed and made in India using available technology and components, there are very few hindrances in the commercialisation of these much-needed products.”

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Meanwhile, the IIT-Guwahati has designed the low-cost reusable mask which can be used multiple times with changeable filters. “We are in the process to produce low-cost, mask with a swappable filter which will be beneficial for ground-level people and staff. It can be used just by replacing the filter multiple times,” said Dr. Charu Monga.

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